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403 South Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48607



Friday, January 31, 2014

French Horn Installed

The 8' French Horn is installed in its Choir division home.  Found in a wet basement and salvaged, the pipe set came from Op. 784 in Grand Rapids.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


The extended bass pipes of the Choir division's 8' Cello were returned today to their original location with new scalloped racking.  The photograph below is courtesy of technician Joe Granger.  Note the French Horn chest at the left.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Swell Angle

Organ technician Trevor Dodd photographed another angle of the installed Swell organ.  Fifty percent of Opus 3 (Skinner Op. 751-C) is in place.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dodendal, Valley of Dreams - Proceeds Benefit Organ Fund

Jim Holmgren, a contemporary author confirmed at First Congregational Church in 1963, visited Saginaw on January 19.  He introduced his newest dystopian novel Dodendal, Valley of Dreams.

Set in 2076, the American Tricentennial, the book’s plot unfolds in the Hudson Valley of New York.  Themes of music – music of the "spheres" such as Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV541 – and art, including Tiffany glass, abound.  

Books were available for sale ($15) on January 19 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Organ Fund.  Limited autographed copies are still available for sale.

Swell Division Installation Complete

The organ project of Saginaw's First Congregational Church has reached a special signpost.  The installation of the organ's Swell division is complete.  With the pipes of the Choir division, fifty percent of the organ is home.

Thank you for your continued financial and spiritual support of this project.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thou Swell

With the addition of the four-rank Swell mixture, the division approaches one stage of completion.  The 8' Oboe d'Amour and 4' Clarion await installation within that enclosure.

John Prindle Scott - A Saginaw Native

Songwriters Stevie Wonder and John Prindle Scott are separated by seventy-five years, but they are linked to Saginaw and have received recognition for their compositions.

John Prindle Scott (1877-1932) was an American author, lecturer, and composer.  He studied with private tutors at Oberlin College in Ohio, and settled in Saginaw, where he continued his musical career as a vocal teacher and concert performer.  

Allison Dakos, soprano, will sing "Come, Ye Blessed" by Scott at worship on Sunday, January 25, 10:30 a.m.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Repaired Pipes Return to Saginaw

Repaired pipes returned to Saginaw one week ago.  The extended bass of the 8' Cello, cut down in the 1960s, will occupy its original location in the Choir division.  The 2' rank of the Swell division's  IV Mixture was also returned to its original length.  Without voicing alterations, replica pipes were crafted in place of the three discarded ranks of the harmonic mixture.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Members of the Chancel Choir Take Part in Christian Unity Celebration

Members of First Congregational Church's Chancel Choir will join musicians from Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  A service of Choral Evensong takes place on January 19, 4:00 p.m., at Trinity Church.

Robert Sabourin, Organist and Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church will conduct the choir in “Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis” by Ronald Arnatt (b. 1930) and “He Watching Over Israel” by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).

Nicholas Schmelter, Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, will be the organist for the service.  Organ selections by Joseph Jongen (1873-1953) and André Fleury (1903-1995) bookend evening worship.

Replica Pipes Arrive

Several replica pipes arrived in Saginaw last week.  The tapered 2 2/3' Nazard, an important non-unison stop, will soon occupy its permanent home in the Choir division.  The uppermost pipes of the 16' Waldhorn have returned to their original location in the Swell division.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Northern Renaissance Visit

The four members of Northern Renaissance, an early music consort, offered special music at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Ave., on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.  Guest musicians Eric Nisula (lute), Tom Butts (recorder), Dee Dee Tibbits (recorder), and Thomas Zantow (recorder and mandolin) are in the photograph below, courtesy of Ken Wuepper.